Daily attendance will be taken for all students participating in remote and in-person learning.
Notification in writing or by phone to excuse a student’s absence must occur within 3 days of the absence. If the school does not receive a phone call on the day of an absence, an automated phone call will go out notifying parent of the absence.
The new chapter outlines several new reasons that a student’s absence would be considered excused due to COVID circumstances, including an ill family member, lack of access to necessary instructional tools, parents’ work schedule, or a student’s obligations to their family. The expanded list of excused reasons is intended to be responsive to the unprecedented situations families and students find themselves in due to COVID-19. The new reasons provided in the rule can signal to districts when flexibility is needed. This flexibility for students and families will prevent unnecessary involvement in the judicial system due to unexcused absences.
We can no longer accept “parent request” as an excuse for an absence. The following are the only reasons for excused absences.
Participation in a school or district approved activity
Illness, health condition, or medical appointment -a doctor ‘s note will be required
Family emergency, death or serious illness in the family
Religious or cultural observance of a religious holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction
Court or judicial proceeding
Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status
Absence related to military deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member
Absence resulting from a disciplinary action
Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity provided that such excused absences shall not be permitted if deemed to cause a serious adverse effect upon the student educational progress consistent with RCW 28A.225.01
Please contact your school principal if you have any questions.